Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Georgia Blows Game Open Against Florida With Pair of TDs

Georgia Blows Game Open Against Florida With Pair of TDs

The final score was 36-17, L Florida. "We were able to enjoy it and respect it a lot more".

Next weekend is homecoming at Florida as they welcome Missouri to Gainesville.

Just as they had done in wins over Mississippi State, LSU and Vanderbilt, the Gators faced adversity throughout. This time, we included perspective from the Georgia side to discuss the most topical points and what was learned.

So all Georgia has to do is win out, advance to and win the conference championship game - by either upsetting Alabama or by beating whichever team represents the SEC West - its shot at the playoff is very realistic. "I don't think we played at all". There was the seven-play, 75-yard drive - in which he completed 6 of 7 passes - that led to a field goal with two seconds to spare at the end of the first half. The Gators already were thin in the secondary because of injuries to Brian Edwards and Quincy Lenton, plus the loss of Randy Russell (heart condition) and Justin Watkins (dismissed). "He just continues to work and get better". Despite Florida's notoriety on the defensive side, the Gators have been terrible at stopping the run at times, ranking only 11th in the SEC. And kudos for them not being FSU, which was buried alive in Tallahassee by Clemson on Saturday, or USF, which had 57 hung on it at Houston.

Seth Emerson: Georgia had a good, consistent quarterback, and Florida did not. After completing less than 50% of his passes the game before, and turning the ball over twice Fromm bounced back in a big way for Georgia.

All five of Walker's sacks this season have come in SEC play and if he can get to Franks to either force the Gators into unfavorable downs and distances, or to make disruptive plays and help Georgia win the turnover battle, the Bulldogs should be well on their way to a cover.

Two plays later, Franks carried the ball in from the 1, cutting Georgia's lead to three before the Bulldogs responded with a 22-yard field goal by Blankenship for a 13-7 halftime edge.

This time around, things weren't almost as simple. "At times, he missed things".

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Yes, Florida staged a stout goal-line stand, stopping Georgia after Franks' fumble and in and around a shaky pass interference penalty on UF's C.J. McWilliams.

Only this time, when the Gators needed a play from their defense, it was not made.

But when it mattered, Florida settled for less.

Leading 3-0 on a first-drive field goal of 21 yards by Blankenship, a Gator fumble and a subsequent 32-yard return by Richard LeCounte set up a 13-yard touchdown from Fromm to Holloman before the Gators answered with a score of their own. There, Franks fumbled the ball on the first play, forced by junior defensive back Tyrique McGhee and recovered by junior linebacker Tae Crowder. The decision came after fans from both Florida and Georgia - the two teams which are squaring off in Jacksonville - threatened the UCF supporters. And there went No. 1 in the East.

Fromm has faced adversity before, bouncing back after a frightful loss to Auburn last season, and leading the Bulldogs in a comeback over the Sooners in the NCAA playoffs.

This was still Sunset Saturday.

Ahead of its Week 9 matchup against the Gators, Georgia was the fifth most likely team to make the playoff and was tied with Oklahoma for a 30 percent chance, according to ESPN's Playoff Predictor algorithm. Georgia travels to No. 12 Kentucky in a league matchup that will determine the SEC East champion on November 3.

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